AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Partnering for Social Finance: Public Sector Perspectives

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)



Date & time

(GMT +8)

15 June 2022



15 June 2022


About this event

The Social Finance Centre is a practitioner-focused learning centre developed by AVPN in partnership with UBS Optimus Foundation. We are excited to be launching two more modules to the centre: How to Choose the Right Social Finance Tool and Partnering for Social Finance.

In these new modules, participants will hear from funders and investors, intermediaries and implementing organisations and learn how to identify the right social finance tool or approach for their impact objectives.

To bring these conversations to life, we will host an interactive learning session titled Partnering for Social Finance: Public Sector Perspectives. By bringing key public sector actors together, this live module will help participants identify how the public sector is best positioned to partner with private actors to drive systems-level change through social finance tools and blended finance structures.

Through this live session, participants can expect to:

  • Explore the role of the public sector in creating an enabling ecosystem for innovative enterprises to scale and generate sustainable impact

  • Investigate the obstacles preventing development agencies and commercial capital from scaling up their investment in social finance transactions

  • Understand how to accelerate collaborations amongst public and private players and promote cooperation between all stakeholders, innovators, and donors

Continue this conversation in person and join us at the AVPN Global Conference 2022! In sessions like Leveraging Catalytic Capital: The Role of Philanthropy in Innovative Finance and Catalysing Growth through Collaborations between Private Sector and Philanthropy, you can explore a diversity of ways to best leverage emerging social finance tools. Find out more by visiting the conference agenda here.

Vandana Bahri
Head – Impact Investment and Strategic Partnership,
National Skill Development Corporation

As NSDC’s Impact Investment and Strategic Partnership lead, Vandana manages designing and execution of innovative financing products for various skilling and entrepreneurship initiatives of NSDC. She also led the design and is now managing the implementation of India’s first and largest Skill Impact Bond for NSDC, which was launched in Nov 2021.Vandana also manages strategic partnerships in NSDC for which she works closely with private skilling organizations, & Start-ups to onboard and mainstream market linked & emerging skilling initiatives within NSDC ecosystem. Prior to NSDC, Vandana worked with Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), world’s largest private philanthropy that works for Children and Climate, Learnet Skill Limited, EY and PwC. Vandana is a Chartered Accountant and a commerce graduate.

Kunro Hino
Investment Officer, Private Partnership Division Overseas Investment and Loan Division,
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Mr. Hino joined Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in October 2017 after working in infrastructure business unit in a major Japanese general trading company (Sogo Shosha) and a start-up company related to Fintech and Digital marketing. In JICA, He was assigned in Private Sector Investment Finance division and led impact investment in various sectors including microfinance, affordable housing finance, renewable energy, industrial park, transportation and fund investment in South Asia region. He is currently working in Delhi, India as Representative and mainly engaged with transportation sector such as Metro and High Speed rail projects, energy sector covering renewable energy, bio-energy and hydrogen. He continues to look to expand outreach and operations of JICA’s impact investment in India.

Tushar Thakkar
Associate Partner,
Dalberg Advisors

Tushar is an Associate Partner with Dalberg Advisors based in their Mumbai office. Tushar is primarily focused on the development finance & investment space, and also leads work in the cities space. In the finance & investment space, he has worked with clients across the spectrum including social enterprises, large corporations, philanthropic donors, non-profits, academia, and development finance institutions, advising them on fund structuring, evaluating feasibility/readiness for innovative or blended finance, business model development, fund-raising strategies, financial structuring, instrument design and design of public-private-partnership (PPP) structures.Tushar’s recent work includes advising a development agency on the structure and strategy for a new blended finance fund, working with an early stage financial-sector social enterprise to enhance their organizational capacity for a future fund-raise, and supporting the fund-raise strategy of growing multi-lateral institution focused on renewable energy. In addition, Tushar has worked on the feasibility evaluation and design of innovative financing instruments, especially a number of development impact bonds, in developing countries.

This live module can be accessed on the AVPN Academy after the session.

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